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Israel Self-Defense: What Is Krav Maga?

By    |   Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 02:52 PM

Although it is becoming widely known among civilians as an effective and demanding physical fitness method, Krav Maga's true claim to fame lies within its roots as the Israel Defense Forces' official self-defense system.

While the techniques of Krav Maga are sure to whip any body into toned shape when done correctly and consistently in the gym setting, it is above all a specific way of defending oneself against violent attackers.

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Unlike some other popular forms of self-defense, Krav Maga does not teach students to hold back from causing serious harm and possibly death to the attacker. According to the Krav Maga Institute, its methods actually expand on the natural instincts of the student, allowing for rapid development of skills. Essentially, Krav Maga teaches students how to turn their own body into a weapon, thereby disarming opponents.

Krav Maga is not historically considered to be one of the more stylish forms of martial arts, though it is certainly gaining popularity, if not becoming a full-fledged trend among fitness buffs. In a 1993 interview with The Los Angeles Times, Marnie Levine described Krav Maga as a self-defense system that is "for everyone." At that time, Levine was the highest-ranking female instructor in the United States at only 24 years old, and she had already spent 10 years of her life honing and fine tuning her Krav Maga skills.

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The initial development of Krav Maga originated in Europe where its inventor, Imi Lichtenfeld, was faced with vicious anti-Semitic street gangs. After his eventual relocation to Israel, Lichtenfeld introduced the fighting style to the country's military, where it was incorporated into their combat training and it remains so today. It is also utilized by numerous U.S. law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and SWAT teams.

Some claim that what makes Krav Maga exceptional is the fact that it was born out of such a high-pressure need for true self-defense against aggressive attacks. In a 2011 Black Belt magazine article, Darren Levine, head of the Los Angeles-based Krav Maga Worldwide, was asked to expound on the factors that set Krav Maga apart from other methods. He cited the fact that students are put under intense pressure and stress in an effort to replicate what it might feel like to be attacked on the street. The essence of Krav Maga is preparedness and a survival mentality in the face of adversaries.

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